Wednesday, 23 August 2017

A Photo a Day #236

British Summertime


A sandy beach inside Milton Keynes shopping centre, complete with lifeguards (not in shot unfortunately); minus the sea!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Monday, 21 August 2017

A Photo a Day #234

Empty Lot


I took this a few years ago now in a car park in Hastings. I brought out the markings in the ground surface by turning up the contrast and turning the photo black and white. I really like this simple image. It was originally taken to fulfil one of the titles in my '104 Things to Photograph' book which is nearly full and I should really blog about soon.

Maybe it's also a good time to mention that I have had beauty blogging on my mind this August, but have not allotted time to creating posts. I have plenty of products to review and for anyone interested in this element of the blog, I will get back on it at some point. I am definitely still a keen consumer of beauty products and have a lot to share, so watch this space.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Thursday, 10 August 2017

A Photo a Day #223

Disillusioned 


I did a lot of editing work on this in Photoshop. The lighting wasn't quite there in the original photo (due to it coming from behind the statue and me not having the best expertise at balancing my F stop and shutter speed). I like the outcome colours I achieved. The finger didn't look so amusing in real life, but on editing I realised that in this photo it looks like she's giving the finger to the world!

Monday, 7 August 2017

A Photo a Day #220

Pause for Thought


Taken on a walk in Holly Hill Park near Fareham, the landscaping of this woodland dates back to the 1870s and it's a really fun area to explore.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

A Photo a Day #218

A Warning


The range of primary colours in this shot pleased me and the subject matter is quite interesting. We did heed the warning in case anyone's interested. Although it would make a good photo to have taken an additional shot from the other side.

Friday, 4 August 2017

A Photo a Day #217

Rectangles


Another wall shot today! I edited this, mainly focusing on getting some additional contrast and clarity.  

Thursday, 3 August 2017

A Photo a Day #216

The Power Station


A view of Fawley power station from Lee-on-Solent. The fantastic mono-chromatic blue and white tones give this photo a moody vibe. The Summer evenings here are quite striking here in the South-East of the UK at the moment as it is either very windy, drizzly, or stormy, but still with some contrasting sunlight.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A Photo a Day #215

Fallen Plums


These bright yellow plums contrasted starkly with the pavement. We saw them on an evening stroll a few days ago. I managed to make a focal point of the middle of the shot using my portrait lens.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A Photo a Day #214

Madonna


This was part of a statue from the 1950s-1960s in part of a Roman Catholic chapel at Highcliffe Castle in Dorset. It survived a fire but when the building became derelict the statue fell and was decapitated. The glass eyes are really creepy.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

A Photo a Day #212

The man, his dog and the sea


Just below Highcliffe Castle in Dorset is a part sandy, part pebble beach. Around this time last year I was on a beach in The Algarve under a burning hot sun! This year I'm enjoying the rainy British summertime.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

A Photo a Day #211

Limbs


Some amazing tree limbs in the woodland area surrounding Highcliffe Castle in Dorset. It has been very rainy today, so it had a mystical, eerie feel.

Friday, 28 July 2017

A Photo a Day #210

Little Sweet shop


A sweetshop in Poole- fitting for today's gloomy UK weather where a little warmth and cheer is much needed.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

A Photo a Day #209

Street Art


Street art in Southsea- I saw this being finished some time ago and passed it today. The vivid imagery is very eye-catching. 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A Photo a Day #208

Alfanzina Lighthouse, August 2016


Another snap from last year, we went on a short walk from Carvoeiro where we were staying along the clifftops and came across this lighthouse. It was a somewhat challenging walk in the heat, but one of the best walks we went on to overlook the sea.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A Photo a Day #207

Black Beauty


Another photo of Maisie today. You can see she is now full size and a striking black cat with gorgeous amber eyes. She is a very lucky cat as the house we rent has an amazing garden area for her to explore and play in. 

Monday, 24 July 2017

A Photo a Day #206

Cuddles


Maisie is now 19 months old and a content, playful and sprightly young cat. She may be catching mice now and again (and bringing them in for playing with unfortunately), but she still loves to lie on the bed and will let me cuddle her quite happily. This is a selfie I took of us a few days ago with me as big spoon.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

A Photo a Day #205

Evening Rose


I saw this beautiful red rose in the garden a few days ago perfectly lit by the evening sun. I ran into the house and grabbed my camera. The orange hue in the image is all created by the amazing sunlight.

Monday, 17 July 2017

A Photo a Day #199

Busy Again


I took this with my zoom lens as I didn't have my macro and the detail I picked up was great. I shot with approximately a 1.3x zoom. The colours were played up in editing and I also applied a gaussian blur with a soft light filter in Photoshop. I'm pleased with this.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

A Photo a Day #197

Paddling


My brother in the sea at Hastings a few summer's ago. I need to get out and take some fresh pictures, but luckily I have a bit of a back catalogue of some half decent images. The over -exposure and filtering create a fresh look that I actually like about this photo.

Friday, 14 July 2017

A Photo a Day #196

Playtime


People might recognise this skate park from the South Bank in London. I took this a year ago, but played around with editing it today. I blurred all but the skater and increased the saturation. 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A Photo a Day #195

Hard Work


Another throwback to last year in the Algarve on holiday. This lady was working out in the heat, putting others to shame.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

A Photo a Day #194

Shattered


This was taken last August in Portugal. Portimao in the Algarve was a town with some interesting ramshackle buildings to photograph.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Saturday, 8 July 2017